As runners of all abilities across the country prepare for the London Marathon on 26th April, one local man will be hoping to raise funds for a charity close to his heart.

Steve Patterson, from Fraddon, works for disability charity United Response, supporting people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health needs to access local activities and live fulfilling lives within their communities.

‘Curly’ Steve, 42, knows first-hand the positive difference the charity’s work can make to people’s lives and hopes to raise thousands of pounds to help the people he supports live the life they choose.

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In preparation for the 26 mile run across the capital, Steve has been sticking to a training schedule – something he has previously struggled with – and has recently completed a 22 mile run in preparation.

He is feeling confident about completing the challenge and said:

“Training is going really well and I’ve managed to stick to my schedule which has been good. I’ve thrown everything at this challenge and have completed a half-marathon recently to prepare myself.

“I’ve even trained with my three-legged collie Flashington Patterson and am keen to reach my £1500 fundraising target.”

The Marathon is United Response’s single biggest fundraising event of the year and it is hoped that Steve will help raise awareness of its important work in the local area.

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